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Congratulations to Sophie Bray, Winner of the $2000 Encouragement Award 2009


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Toyota Australia congratulates Julie Collins & Derek John, recipients of the $10,000 Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award 2009

Julie Collins and Derek John were announced the winners of the Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award at the launch of the annual sculpture exhibition at the Toyota Community Spirit Gallery in Port Melbourne. The award winners receive $10,000 from Toyota to travel to a destination of their choice with the aim of enhancing and furthering their artistic career. Julie and Derek’s collaborative project will see them travel to Cork, Ireland to take up an invitation from the Cork Film Centre for a four weeks residency at the National Sculpture Factory. There they will create a substantial body of sculpture for exhibition in a solo and group exhibitions within Irelandduring March/April 2010.

Curator, Ken Wong, said the Travel Award was designed to encourage artists to think about their career path, to step out of their comfort zone and be inspired by new environments as well as build networks and contacts.

Julie Collins & Derek JohnFinalists for the award were Tim Craker, Bronwen Hyde, Annika Koops, Louise Lavarack, Natalie Ryan, Dave Tacon and Sophie Bray, who received the $2000 Encouragement Award.





2009 Finalists Announced for the $10,000 Travel Award

Artists selected as finalists for this years award are: Sophie Bray, Julie Collins and Derek John, Tim Craker, Bronwen Hyde, Annika Koops, Louise Lavarack, Natalie Ryan and Dave Tacon.

The winner will be announced at the opening of the 2009 Annual indoor outdoor sculpture exhibition on 7th October. For more details about the announcement Download invitation (pdf 392KB)

The following projects are proposed:

sophie bray

Sophie Bray: Study tour and residency
through UK, France, ltaly and America attending first
international exhibition in London.


collins & john

Julie Collins & Derek John: Shared Journey- a residency
and exhibition at National Sculpture Factory, Cork Ireland.



tim craker

Tim Craker: Malaysia and Turkey
for residency and researching Islamic and other patterns ineveryday life .



bronwen hydeBronwen Hyde: UK and USA, including
workshops, mentorship, collaboration and exhibition
facilitating new international networks.



annika koops

Annika Koops: Korea, France and the Netherlands
involving artistic research, exhibiting overseas
and curating an exhibition of emerging Dutch artists.


louise laverackLouise Lavarack: England
to gain first hand experience of important sculptural works in the
landscape and research ways we experience landscape.



Natalie RyanNatalie Ryan: Europe and America
researching key anatomical and natural history museums to develop hyper real anatomical
specimens and drawings.



Dave Tacon

Dave Tacon: China
document the lives of women from farm workers, ethnic minorities, and ‘factory
girls’ to government officials and the nouvelle riche.





The Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award project is mounted in consultation with the Australia Business Arts Foundation, Contemporary Sculptors Association, Hobsons Bay City Council and the City of Port Phillip.